The nations weather

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Posted: Jan 30, 2012 5:40 AM
The nations weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Monday, January 30, 2012.

Only a few areas of active weather will develop across the nation on Monday.

In the East, the low pressure system over the Great Lakes will lift northeastward across the Northeast to the New England coast. Snow showers will accompany this system as it progresses, blanketing areas of the Lower Great Lakes, Central Appalachians, and Northeast through the morning and afternoon. Snow totals are expected to range between 2 to 5 inches with brief heavy snow squalls and locally higher snow totals in the mountains. In addition to snow, gusty southwest winds of up to 30 mph may accompany wintry conditions, leading to reduced visibilities at times.

Behind this activity, a warm front shifting across the Midwest will bring bands of snow to parts of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan during the morning commute and afternoon. Periods of freezing drizzle will be possible with snow during the late morning and afternoon. Expect snow accumulations of up to 1 to 2 inches.

Finally, in the West, a cold front in the Pacific Northwest will trek eastward through through the Northern Intermountain West and Northern and Central Rockies with coastal rain showers and high elevation snow showers. Onshore winds will maintain precipitation in these region as the disturbance exits eastward. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of -11 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a high of 80 degrees at North Island, Calif.